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The best way to make fiesta meat

Stephany Sánchez
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Meat party

Fiesta meat is a traditional Canarian recipe from Spain which consists of marinated and stewed pork.

The dish is named in this way because it is a recipe that is specially prepared during celebrations or local festivals.

In general, this dish should be prepared and served with potatoes or potatoes, preferably fried. In addition, it is usually served with lemon wedges to add a little of its juice to the pork.

This is a classic of Spanish cuisine and therefore, below we will explain how to prepare it in a simple way.

In addition, we offer some recommendations and tips so that you are left with a traditional taste like that of the authentic cuisine of Spain.

Fiesta meat ingredients

  • 600 grams of pork chopped into pieces, preferably without fat.

  • A head and a half of garlic.

  • Sweet ground paprika, quantity required.

  • A tablespoon of Canarian Saffron.

  • Half a tablespoon of hot paprika.

  • A quarter tablespoon of thyme.

  • A tablespoon of Cumin.

  • Potpourri of white pepper and ground black pepper, quantity needed.

  • Four tablespoons of oregano.

  • Salt to taste.

  • Olive oil, necessary quantity.

  • A glass of white wine.

  • Three large potatoes.

  • Vegetable oil, necessary quantity.

Steps to make fiesta meat

Note: To better explain the brewing process, we will divide the explanation into several phases.

Marinate the pork

  1. Place the previously washed pork in a bowl and add a little salt to taste. Do not add too much, because the spices that will be added later are also salty.

  2. Add a tablespoon of ground sweet paprika, a saffron and a half of hot paprika.

  3. Next, add a quarter tablespoon of thyme and three tablespoons of oregano. Later, add half a tablespoon of cumin and finally add the pepper potpourri to taste.

  4. Add a little olive oil, the amount you consider necessary just to create a kind of sauce with the spices.

  5. Add half a glass of white wine, so that it covers the meat.

  6. Stir the meat very well so that all the meat is completely impregnated.

  7. Cover the bowl and let it rest for at least two to three hours in the refrigerator so that the meat takes on the flavor of the marinade.

Marinade juice

Fiesta meat stew

  1. In a frying pan add a little olive oil and place it over medium heat on the stove. Four tablespoons of olive oil will suffice for this amount of meat.

  2. Wait for the oil to get hot enough. Once you notice that the oil is bubbling a bit, it will be time to add the pieces of pork that were in the marinade. Reserve the marinade liquid.

  3. While the pieces of pork are cooking, you can use a wooden paddle to move them and prevent them from sticking and turning them, so they do not burn.

  4. Once you notice that the pork is sautéed in the oil, it will be time to add the whole garlic. Next, continue stirring a little so that they mix with the meat.

  5. Let the pieces of meat and garlic turn golden brown. This may take a few minutes depending on your kitchen.

  6. Once the pork and garlic are browned, it will be time to pour the liquid from the marinated sauce into the pan.

  7. Let it cook for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the wine is consumed.

  8. After ten minutes, when the wine has been consumed and while the pan is still with sauce, it will be time to turn off the stove and reserve.

  9. Serve the fiesta meat on a plate, accompanied by a lemon wedge.

Party meat in the pan

Preparation of the French fries

  1. Wash the potatoes to remove all traces of dirt. Peel them and cut them into long strips.

  2. Wash them again, drain them and add a little salt to taste.

  3. In a deep enough frying pan, add vegetable oil, enough quantity and wait for it to heat up a bit.

  4. Once the oil is hot, add the potatoes little by little and being careful not to burn yourself.

  5. Wait for them to cook, moving them eventually to ensure that they cook fully on all sides.

  6. Once you notice that they are golden brown, remove them from the pan and drain a little to remove excess fat.

  7. Place them on a plate lined with absorbent paper.

  8. Once the oil has drained and while they are still hot, serve them with the fiesta meat.

Frying potatoes
Party meat with fries

Recommendations and tips for a perfect party meat

  • If you want the party meat to be even more delicious, you can let it rest preferably overnight.

  • Be very careful not to burn yourself when entering the pieces of pork. To avoid burning you can use rubber gloves.

  • Ideally, add the pieces of pork carefully and slowly, otherwise the oil will splash too much, and you can burn.

  • Remember to drain the pork from the marinated sauce a bit before placing it in the pan.

  • It is best to serve it in a clay pot, as this is typical of how it is consumed in the Canary Islands.

  • If you like, you can accompany it with mashed potatoes instead of French fries, if you prefer.

  • Cut a few sprigs of coriander or parsley to add on top of the fiesta meat and decorate.

Conclusions of the party meat recipe

Fiesta meat or marinated meat is a typical Canarian dish, which is delicious and ideal for a special lunch or dinner. It can be suitable for a festive event or simply to surprise your family or friends with a delicious and different dish.

Therefore, we recommend you try to make this recipe at home, and even add your personal touch. Also, we urge you to share this recipe with your friends or on your social networks so that others know about it.


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